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U.S. Department of Education's Senior Official to Host Two Roundtables on Importance of Family Engagement in Education at National PTA Conference in Memphis, Tennessee

Additional Department Official to Lead Forum on Engaging Fathers in Education

Contact:  
Jo Ann Webb, U.D. Department of Education, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
James Martinez, National PTA Contact, (773) 339-4533


Event Date 1: June 10, 2010 - June 11, 2010
Event Date 2: June 10, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Community Outreach Alberto Retana will host two roundtables for parents to discuss their roles in education reform at the national Parent Teacher Association’s Conference at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. Among other things, Retana will engage parents in discussions about turnaround strategies for low-performing schools, family engagement to support student achievement, approaches for improving graduation rates and efforts to help their state and districts move toward college and career standards for all students. Parents invited include those from communities where Retana hosted community forums on turnaround strategies for low-performing schools, as well as those from states that have received School Improvement Grants to help with turnaround efforts and those from districts with promising family engagement strategies. The roundtables will take place at 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 10, and 6:15 p.m. CDT Friday, June 11.

In addition, Michael Robbins, special assistant in the Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will lead a forum on “Responsible Fatherhood and Education Success” from 3 to 5 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 10, in the convention center. Topics for discussion include engaging men in education, community and the role of fathering, and fatherhood and economic stability. The forum is part of President Obama’s National Conversation on Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities.

On Friday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. CDT, Secretary Duncan will deliver the keynote address at the PTA conference. He will discuss ways to get parents and entire families involved in schools.

The PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation and works in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies.


Event 1
Who : Alberto Retana, director of community outreach, U.S. Department of Education
What : Two Parent Roundtables
When : 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 10
6:15 p.m. CDT Friday, June 11
Where : Memphis Cook Convention Center
255 North Main St.
Memphis, Tenn.
Event 2
Who : Michael Robbins, special assistant, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education
What : Forum on Fatherhood and Education Success
When : 3-5 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 10
Where : Memphis Cook Convention Center
255 North Main St.
Memphis, Tenn.
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